7 big Broadway shows just announced for Dayton


Mark your calendars, now.

The Victoria Theatre Association just announced what big stage shows are coming to Dayton for the 2016-17 season.

The big news is “Kinky Boots” — the popular Broadway musical that garnered 13 Tony-awards nominations when it opened on Broadway in 2013 and won the award for Best Musical — is on the schedule for its Dayton debut. Pop icon Cyndi Lauper wrote the score, and the book that inspired the production is by Tony winner actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein. The show will be in town May 23-28, 2017.

Four hundred subscribers, donors and sponsors filled the Schuster Center’s Wintergarten on Monday, Feb. 22, as the VTA revealed its schedule for a variety of theatrical programming ranging from Broadway hits to family entertainment. To announce the perhaps most anticipated show, VTA President and CEO Ken Neufeld wore his own pair of red "kinky boots" and was accompanied by Dayton's famous drag troupe, The Rubi Girls.

Other highlights include some familiar favorites and some shows new to Dayton:

Jersey Boys — Oct. 18-23, 2016: The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns to Dayton. The show was last on a Dayton stage back in 2012. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.

42nd Street — Jan. 10-15, 2017: This musical is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and a 1933 movie tells the tale of a starry-eyed dancer who gets her big break. The show includes classic songs like “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and“42nd Street.” The show returns to Dayton for the first time since 1996.

Dirty Dancing March 14-19, 2017: This stage show brings the classic romance starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey to stage featuring hit songs like “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey! Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” Plus, they’ll be plenty of close dancing, as the name implies. This is the first time “Dirty Dancing” will be performed in Dayton.

Motown the Musical — April 11-16, 2017: The story of Motown’s greatest hits and stars from Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations. Enjoy more than 40 classic hits. This is the first time “Motown the Musical” will be performed in Dayton. 

Circus 1903 — June 13-18, 2017: This new production comes from the creators of the popular magic show, “The Illusionists,” along with the talented puppeteers responsible for “War Horse.”

Elf The Musical will come to town just in time for the holiday season this year from Nov. 22-27, 2016. This stage show about the story of Buddy the Elf and his journey from the North Pole to New York to discover his true identity is based on the hit holiday film starring Will Ferrell. This is the first time the show will be staged in Dayton.

ABOUT THE EVENT: A number of community and business leaders joined VTA president and CEO Ken Neufeld Monday to announce the Premier Health Broadway Series; Projects Unlimited Star Attractions; the Morris Furniture Company Family Series; National Geographic Live, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, and The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Lawmakers: More to be done in addressing opioid crisis
Lawmakers: More to be done in addressing opioid crisis

Ohio is arguably one of the hardest-hit states in the country when it comes to the opioid crisis, and Butler County is one of the hardest-hit in Ohio. The state is second only to West Virginia when it comes to drug overdose rates, and Butler County has the fifth-most number of unintentional overdose deaths in the state, according to the Ohio Department...
Man flees on foot after crash in Miami Twp.
Man flees on foot after crash in Miami Twp.

All lanes except for one are open following a crash on Springboro Pike. According to a sergeant with Miami Township Police, a woman was turning left onto Springboro Pike from Knoll Ridge Drive when the suspect traveling south swerved into the middle turn lane and struck the woman. The man immediately ran on foot, and cops chased him to The Knolls Apartments...
Dayton school leaders set their priorities to avoid state takeover

Creating pathways to leadership, establishing parent groups for all of Dayton’s 27 public schools and avoiding state takeover will be among the priorities for district leaders in the next three years. That’s according to the four-hour conversation Dayton school board members had Saturday at the board’s downtown office as they work...
Carlisle appoints former candidate to vacant council seat
Carlisle appoints former candidate to vacant council seat

The second time was the charm as a Carlisle resident was appointed to a vacant seat on Village Council. Nicholas Lamb was selected by council from a field of seven applicants to complete the unexpired term of former councilman Jonathan McEldowney, which ends on Dec. 31, 2019. Last December, Lamb unsuccessfully applied to complete the final two years...
Dayton Art Institute hoping for ‘record-breaking turnout’ in 47th Oktoberfest
Dayton Art Institute hoping for ‘record-breaking turnout’ in 47th Oktoberfest

The Dayton Art Institute kicked off its 47th year of Oktoberfest on the first weekend of fall this afternoon and is hoping for record-breaking numbers.  This year’s event includes live bands playing a variety of music, more than 60 artisans for shopping and of course plenty of food and drinks associated with the season. “We got lucky...
More Stories